Rudy Jackman (RJ), singer, songwriter and self-taught musician was born in the heart of Lancashire England.
At an early age , RJ's attention was drawn to the R&B sounds of Motown, delving back in time to listen to such greats as Wilfred Picket , Tina Turner and Sam Cooke.
In 1996, RJ met his wife Dee who encouraged him to take professional singing lessons to enhance his already unique vocal capabilities. RJ turned to the well- known Sam West Productions ( who had worked with such pop bands as Girls Aloud ) which further developed and nurtured RJ’s undeniable talent.
In 1998, RJ performed in various well known London clubs such as "Blues West 14," Chelsea Jazz Venue "The 606 Club" and the world famous London Theatre “The Talk of London" Drury Lane.
In January of 2003, RJ sent his recordings to his brother Hayden, well-known upon the live local music circuit in Manchester. His brother then presented RJ's demos to Jeff Makor an accomplished artist in his own right, who in turn passed the recordings on to Pete Brown.
In the spring of 2003, RJ received a phone call from the well -respected lyrics songwriter, music producer and sixties underground poet Pete Brown. He along with Jack Bruce wrote some of the famous hits of 60's super band "Cream" such as the acclaimed hit "The White Room." Pete offered RJ to meet at his north London home. In the same year, Pete recorded RJ on several occasions at the studio owned by Incognito (with debut album Jazz Funk) drummer Richard Bailey in Central London.
RJ had not found “the feel” he was looking for in the musical arrangements, thus he declined further recordings. When RJ voiced his opinion to the bass player David Hadley Ray (originally from Philadelphia USA who had played with the likes of Boyz II Men) who was brought in by Pete on RJ's sessions, he suggested Grammy Award Winning Producer Jack Kreisberg, who had recorded the likes of Ben E. King, Grady Tate and had released the world renowned Hip hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari’s first Album "The Temple Of Beautiful" Live at the Blue Note NY.
Early spring of 2004, Jack Kreisberg was contacted by David Hadley Ray. And by the summer of 2004, Jack invited both RJ and David Ray to visit his home in New Jersey. Over a long weekend of discussions Jack realized RJ has a unique individual sound to his voice, and a talent for writing R&B.
Jack Kreisberg, who at that time was director of music for Blue Leaf Records (part of the world renowned chain of Blue Note Jazz Clubs established in major cities worldwide) introduced RJ to Ben E. King who had hits as a lead singer with the Drifters, with tracks such as "There Goes My Baby" "Save the Last Dance for Me " and later as a solo artist with the world acclaimed 1961 single "Stand by Me." He also introduced RJ to Onaje Allan Gumbs who had compiled the musical arrangements for the late Phyllis Hyman's rendition of "Betcha By Golly Wow". In Jack’s view these artists were best suitable to motivate RJ into making his debut album.
However, during that time RJ was also the director of his own construction company which had been severely affected by a nationwide recession. As a result, RJ had no option but to postpone the recording procedures.
For several years, RJ worked and lived abroad with wife Dee. Whilst in Bahrain RJ purchased a keyboard and started to write songs again for the first time in six years.
USA relationships were rekindled in the summer of 2011 and Jack Kreisberg now musical director at Showplace Studios New Jersey USA once again agreed to produce RJ's long awaited first Album.
Yaron Gershovsky, musical director / arranger for over thirty years , who had recorded with such great artists as Multi Grammy Award Winning Group The Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Shorter, Lonnie Smith, Steve Gadd, Abraham Laboriel, Lew Soloff, Lou Marini, Janis Siegel, Ray Brown, Grady Tate, Don Sebesky, and the Count Basie Orchestra and Grammy Award Winning Sound Engineer Ben Elliott were enrolled in the project, along with a set of world renowned Jazz and R&B musicians.
The album Breaking Chains "The Journey" recorded at Showplace Studios New Jersey was finally completed on December 30, 2012.
RJ wishes to thank all those who contributed to the making of the album Breaking Chains " The Journey." From musical arranger Yaron Gershovsky, chief sound engineer Ben Elliott, to Josh Gannet, assistant sound engineer and especially to Jack Kreisberg , producer --for bringing together the wealth of some of the best Jazz and R&B musicians and technicians the industry has to offer.
“If not for your belief in my ability as a recording artist, singer, songwriter, I will not have the chance to work with such talented professional musicians and my album Breaking Chains The Journey would still be a dream, but now it's a reality. For this and much, much more, thanks a million Jack. “
UK recording Artist: Rudy J Jackman.